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James Gordon has had a remarkably diverse and enduring career in the Canadian entertainment business. As a solo singer-songwriter and with the ground-breaking trio Tamarack, he has toured relentlessly around the world, and his new album “The Heritage Hall Sessions” is his 26th solo project.
Gordon has written for symphony orchestras, musical theatre and dance works, film scores, and for more than ten years was heard on CBC radio as songwriter-in-residence for the ‘Basic Black” and “Ontario Morning” programs. His songs have been recorded and performed by such varied acts as The Cowboy Junkies, Melanie Doane, Al Simmons, Miranda Mulholland, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and many major choirs. His song “Mining For Gold” was featured in the John Sayles film “Silver City.” Gordon’s classic “Frobisher Bay” has been recorded by more than 100 different acts world-wide and it’s become a standard for choirs and around campfires.
Gordon has also written, produced and directed four full-length musicals, with a fifth on the way, including his popular political commentary work ‘Stephen Harper: The Musical”. It worked. You’re welcome. Gordon has produced Cds for many Canadian folk artists, and his popular “Rhyme Capsules” songwriting-in-the-schools project has resulted in over two dozen CDs of songs by young composers.
Since many of his works deal with themes like social justice, the environment, heritage and community: he decided to ‘walk the walk’ and is now in his second term as a city councillor in his home town of Guelph Ontario.